Open Discovery Space

Are you 14 to 18 years old? Are you a space enthusiast? Do you live in a country within the European Union?

As a member of a school team you will have the opportunity to develop a project on space exploration and to demonstrate knowledge learned in the classroom, whilst introducing your own creativity, intelligence and innovation.

Students between 14 and 18 years old from 44 European countries have now the chance to compete in an international educational contest on space exploration, funded by the European Commission, within the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) in the Space area.

The Odysseus contest is designed to challenge talented young people on science and at engaging and inspiring the European youth in pushing forward the limits of our knowledge by discovering the answers to fundamental questions about the history of earth, the origin of life, the solar system and the universe. Students wishing to participate must form a team of 2 to 5 members, with a teacher as a coach and prepare and submit a project on the themes of Solar System, Spaceship global cooperation and Co-evolution of life, using their knowledge, creativity and critical thinking.

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All entries have to be submitted by the 15th of February 2013 and they will be assessed and scored on scientific knowledge, practical implementation and creativity, by highly experienced evaluators, according to predefined evaluation criteria.

3 entries per country – one for each theme category – will be chosen to move forward to the final round of evaluation, where national winners will be evaluated comparatively and the final four winning teams will be selected and win a once-in-a-lifetime educational experience in the European Astronaut Centre (EAC) in Cologne, Germany and in the European Space Research and Technology Center of ESA and the Space Expo the in the Netherlands, where they will receive their prizes.

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